Of Mice and Men & the Poem To a Mouse by Robert Burns


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The message from Robert Burns's poem, 'To a Mouse,' that inspired the title for John Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men was:

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1. George, Lennie, Crooks, and Candy are all characters in John Steinbeck's novella, Of Mice and Men, who each experience:

2. In Robert Burns's poem, 'To a Mouse,' what does the farmer realize about his own life after he has accidentally ruined the mouse's nest?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Robert Burns' 'To a Mouse' and John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men both share a rather depressing theme. Complete this quiz/worksheet to find out how much you know about this theme and how it is portrayed in these historic works of literature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The questions of this assessment will test your knowledge regarding:

  • The message of 'To a Mouse'
  • What the characters in Of Mice and Men experience
  • What the farmer in 'To a Mouse' realizes in the poem
  • How Lennie ruins George's plans in Of Mice and Men
  • What feeling is portrayed in 'To a Mouse'

Skills Practiced

As you complete this assessment you will practice these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about the similarities of 'To a Mouse' and Of Mice and Men
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the messages of these two literary works
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding themes and events of 'To a Mouse' and Of Mice and Men

Additional Learning

The lesson Of Mice and Men and the Poem 'To a Mouse' by Robert Burns will help you prepare for this assessment and study:

  • Relationships between the two literary works
  • Their plots
  • Characters in Of Mice and Men